The American West

The American West David H Murdoch Argues That Americans Beliefs About The West Have Little To Do With History And Amount To A Modern Functional Myth. Fascinating look at myth making and the odd relation the US has with its past. British historian David Hamilton Murdoch argues in this highly readable and informative book that American ideas about the West evolved abruptly around the turn of the last century when perceived social and economic ills threatened Americans core values and beliefs about themselves An essential belief, that America s strength and integrity resided in individual freedom and self reliance, was being put to the test by economic and social realities at the same time the western frontier was declar British historian David Hamilton Murdoch argues in this highly readable and informative book that American ideas about the West evolved abruptly around the turn of the last century when perceived social and economic ills threatened Americans core values and beliefs about themselves An essential belief, that America s strength and integrity resided in individual freedom and self reliance, was being put to the test by economic and social realities at the same time the western frontier was declared closed.In a burst of nostalgia for the recent past, a myth of the West was born that transformed historical fact into an idealized portrayal of national character not unlike the emergence of Arthurian legend in the Mid

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  • Paperback
  • 148 pages
  • The American West
  • David Hamilton Murdoch
  • English
  • 25 October 2018
  • 0874173698